More on the UT Knoxville Forensic Anthro program which could give the upstarting UT Forensic Odontology program a big scientific boost. http://fac.utk.edu/
This dissemination of debunked bitemark techniques includes other “short course” programs put on by either the abfo itself during annual AAFS meetings or places like LSU, and UTexas in San Antonio. Curriculum transparency and best practices are paramount in forensics.
Photo credit: UT and Ben Francis.
Someone at the University of Tennessee needs to rethink this odontology curriculum. I’m sure that the non-ABFO faculty affiliated with this forensic dentistry program at UT haven’t a clue about what is going on about bitemarks. UT has a tremendous reputation for its Forensic Anthropology department’s development of its “Body Farm” originated by Emeritus Professor Bill Bass and ongoing research in human identification.
After all the flack and criticism in the scientific and legal communities about bitemarks, this course of study (sponsored by its AG dept) is described as the “first of its kind in the US” via a 34 unit MS program in forensic odontology. The human body ID subject matter section should be exemplary for the students. The bitemark sections will be a rendition of the “elite” ABFO’s “science” or “non-science” (it varies among its few vocal members) which the White House Office of…
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